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TitleEnvironmental impact of diluted bitumen / Impact environnemental du bitume dilué
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AuthorAhad, J M EORCID logo
SourcePublic presentations of May 21st, 2019: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle; by Jacob, N; Bringué, MORCID logo; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Gammon, P R; Outridge, P MORCID logo; Desbarats, A JORCID logo; Rivard, CORCID logo; Ahad, J M EORCID logo; Duchesne, M JORCID logo; Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 103, 2019 p. 40-45, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Lang.English; French
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Public presentations of May 21st, 2019: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle
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Subjectshydrogeology; environmental geology; fossil fuels; geochemistry; Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; Government and Politics; Economics and Industry; environmental studies; environmental impacts; bitumen; transportation; pipelines; groundwater resources; groundwater pollution; groundwater geochemistry; microorganisms; lake sediments; lake sediment geochemistry; Environmental Geoscience Program (EGP); Experimental Lakes Area; Environmental impact assessment; Microbiology; Toxicology; cumulative effects
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience Program Management
Released2019 10 10
AbstractTo transport bitumen via pipeline, it is blended with lighter hydrocarbon fractions, yielding a less viscous, diluted bitumen ('dilbit').
Although often considered safer than other means of transport (i.e., railways, barges), incidents such as the one that occurred near the Kalamazoo River (Michigan, USA) in June 2010 have highlighted the potential environment risk caused by dilbit pipeline rupture.
There are few detailed investigations into the fate and transport of dilbit in the vadose zone and groundwater -a knowledge gap identified over five years ago...
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This presentation was an introduction about the research that will be undertaken over the next 5 years under the Environmental Geoscience Program. The goal is to distinguish the environmental effects of natural resources development of those from natural processes. This new phase of research will be looking at marine spills, Canada's largest watershed, permafrost geochemistry, volcanic mercury contribution, mining impacted watersheds, assessments of aquifers, diluted bitumen and permafrost degradation.

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